May 30, 2017


Royal Palm Beach, Florida


Aubrey Cottrell

High on the Spirit

I love my new companion, Sister Cottrell. She so badly wants to get things
going just as much as I do. I have a comp who is ready to move, and we
have seen so many miracles. The unity is on spot right away and we have
taught the restoration and testified tons. I have missed this so incredibly
much! Yesterday, we knocked into this guy named Michael. As soon as the
door opened, I knew this was the guy we were led to. We said a prayer with
him and I know the spirit was piercing his heart because it did that for
me. I was shaking like crazy! We shared the restoration and he was
intently listening with a huge desire to come closer to Christ. We taught,
testified, and promised blessings with perfect companionship unity and
there was no way that he was going to say no to being baptized and learning
more! But... he said no. My comp and I were shocked! We asked him to say
yes to the missionaries that God sends to his door next time and he said
yes. I sooooo badly wanted to just try one more time and see if he would
say yes to meeting with us instead, but the spirit told both me and Sister
Cotrell that he was going to be found REALLY soon and we felt satisfied. :)
Seed planted deep!
Basically that same thing happened right after to this couple who is young
and so badly wants to have a child but is having a hard time. I
volunteered to say a prayer for them and in the prayer, I felt so inspired
to ask Heavenly Father that as they come closer to him and our Savior that
He will trust them to have one of his sons or Daughters and bring that
person into the world righteously. When the prayer ended, the mother was
crying and asked us how they could receive trust from God. Welllll we
obviously told them how! She was very interested so we shared the
restoration with her and her husband. When we asked to come back and help
prepare them for baptism, she said yes nodding her head as much as
possible... but her husband said no. Really really sad. But we planted a
good seed.
I was thinking afterwards about how crazy it is as missionaries that we
always have the spirit with us, but we feel it more or less than we usually
do when we talk to people. I love how much Heavenly Father gives us help!
It's so easy to know who is ready or not by the Holy Ghost! I was looking
at the wife and the spirit was so magnified, but as soon as I looked at the
husband, I didn't feel the spirit as strong. Then one time this week, we
knocked, this old man answered the door, and whether he was going to say
yes or no to a prayer, we handed him a picture of Jesus Christ and left
because the Holy Ghost told us both not to talk to him. And THEN, God
allowed us to have the spirit overwhelm ours and Michael's heart so we
could teach the best Restoration lesson ever and have the best seed planted
ever, even though he sadly said no to... which I still don't get! But
anyways, I love the gift of the Holy Ghost. I can't imagine not having
that gift in my life, especially as I am making such huge decisions at this
age. I hope I can help someone like me receive that gift soon!

I know Heavenly Father has a plan for each of us! We have such high
potentials! Something that has helped me to know how to improve is when I
asked God to let me know everything that I need to change in the last 5
months (I know, super soon and it makes me sick) of my mission. It has
been a VERY humbling experience... but I had that desire to change and so
God has helped me to do so through Christ. I love the fact that we can ask
in prayer to have the patience and endurance for the things we need to go
through. And I love the fact that we can ask for charity and receive that
charity to love ourselves enough to know that we can change and see a
glimpse of how He sees us.

1. Mission President and his wife. REALLY sad to see them go in a month.
2. This was planned
3. This pic was taken without either of us noticing I promise.
4. weirdest district ever = the best district ever!


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